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Rapid Application Group and Gavco Partner to Ease Mission-Critical Part Production and Supply Chain Challenges for Manufacturers

Combines additive and injection molding expertise for greater flexibility of parts production
Delivers a new level of responsive service to protect parts supply chains

Broken Arrow, OK. July 8, 2020. Rapid Application Group (RAG), and Gavco Plastics, today announced a manufacturing partnership that combines additive manufacturing expertise with injection molding expertise to enable aerospace, automotive and industrial manufacturers to protect their supply chains, reduce costs and deliver the parts they need when they need them.

The two companies are closely located and will offer a centralized project group that can seamlessly take parts from prototype and iteration, into Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP), and then into mass production using injection molding.

“2020 has demonstrated that additive manufacturing is suitable for production-grade parts, at a low volume,” said Jason Dickman, COO, Rapid Application Group. “It can fill the need for parts while mold tooling is being created, giving  customers the time and flexibility to figure out just how many parts will be needed.”

Additive manufacturing technologies in use at RAG use the same materials as injection molding, and can handle short runs of parts without penalties for minimum order quantities. While the initial parts are being produced, tooling can be ordered to take the parts into mass production processes at Gavco Plastics. With RAG’s high standards for quality measurement, all 3D printed parts maintain traceability and are fully assured for use.

“This year has shown how fragile supply chains can be and it is time for new innovation in how parts are produced,” said Randall Gavlik, Gavco Plastics. “This partnership with RAG means we can help customers regain balance in their supply chains while maintaining agility and responsiveness to economic conditions.”

The combined offering from RAG and Gavco Plastics delivers the following services to aerospace manufacturers looking for a new approach to their parts value chains:

– Low Rate Initial Production of parts using additive while tooling is produced, saving time and money

– Rapid prototyping and iteration of new part designs in the same materials that will be used in mass production, reducing product development cycles.

– Production of short runs of parts without tooling and needing to hold excess inventory

– Seamless and responsive transition into mass production using injection molding to meet growing demand

This combined offering helps manufacturers reduce unnecessary cost by reducing the need for initial tooling, reducing inventory costs, and yet maintain the flexibility that today’s economy is demanding.

“Gavco Plastics, like RAG, is part of the Oklahoma State effort to become one of the US’ top 10 states in GDP.  This kind of partnership will help make the state one of the most responsive hubs for manufacturing OEMs,” said Terry Hill, CEO, Rapid Application Group. “The flexibility this brings to our hundreds of customers is important to our customers who need to rethink how parts are produced, when they are produced and how to protect their supply chains.”

About Gavco Plastics

Gavco Plastics, Inc is a plastic injection molding company located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, 5 miles east of Tulsa. The company was founded in 1976 by CEO, Randall Gavlik. Gavco remains a family-owned corporation and managed by a small, close-knit staff of experts in the injection molding field.

Gavco does not only create plastic injection molders. It serves the customers with engineering assistance, customized product testing, and secondary operations including silk screen printing, pad printing, assembly, packaging and shipping. One thing that sets Gavco apart is the company’s willingness to attain customer-driven certifications. Gavco is ISO 9001-2008 Certified for manufacturing and AS9100 certified for work in the Aircraft/Aerospace industry. Recently,it has earned ISO 13485 Medical Device Certification. Gavco is proud to employ lean manufacturing principles and procedures.

This plastics injection molding company has grown consistently throughout the company’s 30+ years history, experiencing exceptional growth in the last decade. Over 80% of that growth has come from existing customers who, like Gavco, have been willing to flex and adapt to our ever-changing world.

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About Rapid Application Group

Rapid Application Group LLC is a HUBZone and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business. Discipline, loyalty, integrity and meticulous quality are its guiding principles. Its mission critical, application-based approach separates and elevates RAG from the ordinary online 3D printing services. RAG guarantees customers the right solution for manufactured parts delivered on time, every time. RAG maintains certifications for, and compliance with, AS9100D, ISO 9001, ITAR, HUBZone and SDVOSB, and is a member of America Makes.

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